Houston Rocket's Yao Ming's Injury Could be Career Threatening

Posted Jun 30, 2009 by Leo Reyes
NBA player Yao Ming of the Houston Rockets may be in danger of getting sidelined in his next season due to a foot injury which was recently discovered to be 'expanding' and not getting better.
Yao Ming
Houston Rocket's Yao Ming, tallest basketball player of the NBA
NBA player Yao Ming of the Houston Rockets is in danger of being sidelined for an extended period due to his foot injury.
Yao Ming suffered the injury during his team’s game with the Los Angeles Lakers’ last May 8, 2009. The 7’6’’ Houston Rocket center has been injured at least four times in the past, missing 21 games in 2005-2006 season and 32 games in the 2007-2008 campaign.
Depending on what sort of treatment he wants, Yao Ming could miss the 2009-2010 NBA season or risk his basketball career altogether.
Yao is planning to consult with several specialists to find out the best treatment for his injury, considering his playing schedules.
Team Doctor Tom Clanton said that Yao Ming’s broken left foot could be a "career threatening" injury
Clanton would not say what his advice would be but said Yao could try again to immobilize the foot to hope the fracture heals on its own.
"I don’t think that is necessarily a long shot," Clanton said. "It takes a lot of time. It may be best to take more time. Sometimes that is the best option."
Yahoo news reports:
Yao had expected his latest injury to be well on the way to being healed when he was examined last week. Instead, the crack had expanded.
"The findings on the CT were shocking for him and for us," Clanton said. "At this stage he is having no symptoms or physical signs. He has no tenderness, no swelling, and no redness. When he came back in, he was feeling like everything was perfect, and he would start rehabilitation and get ready to play.
Yao Ming is an all-star basketball player who plays for the Houston Rockets. He was born in Shanghai, China on September 12, 1980. He is married to Ye Li, a fellow basketball player and former player of the China Women’s national basketball team.